Why 2015 has been a banner year for films about abuse and religion

By Alissa Wilkinson

HOLLYWOOD---Abusive religious extremism is not entertaining. It’s painful. It’s ugly. It makes us angry. So why is it everywhere in film and TV this year? From ISIS-driven atrocities to sex abuse scandals and the never-ending stories about the Duggar family, the news has been full of examples of seemingly normal people getting suckered into cults and extremist religion. Why are we watching? Maybe the answer to that question — and the fear that it will happen to us — keeps us watching. Religion is creeping back into our collective consciousness after a few decades of hiatus. [link]